Lanzarote is the 4th biggest Canary Island with more than 300 volcanoes, which have shaped Lanzarote’s landscape throughout the years. Since 1852 Arrecife has been the capital of Lanzarote.
In 1993 the UNESCO has appointed Lanzarote as one of the “World’s Biosphere Reserves“. This nomination is awarded to habitats, where humanity and nature live in harmony with each other. Lanzarote has a lack of subterranean water, water is used very economically. The inhabitants do a lot in order to preserve their isle.
On Lanzarote the potential for excursions is abundantly available. For a tour of the north of the island, your best bet is to start at Teguise, a picturesque city and former capital of the island. The trip includes travelling to fields of cacti in Guatiza and the viewpoint “Mirador del Rio”. The next stop is the worth seeing, lava grotto “Jameos del Agua” and Haría, the “Valley of a thousand palms“. In Haría you obtain a very exotic impression: cubic, white houses, which are reminisent of the architecture of northern Africa. You get a beautiful view over Haría from the Mirador de Haría.
If you’d prefer to explore the south of the island, you should take part in a camel ride at the bottom of the “Montañas del Fuego” (fire mountains) and afterwards go to the national park “Timanfaya”. It is doubtlessly the highlight of Lanzarote’s landscape. During 1730 and 1736 smoke and lava came out of the fire mountains. Many parts of the land have been made barren by the lava and many villages have become dead land. For a better understanding, volcano documentaries are shown. The Timanfaya national park is also known as “eerie moonscape”. To get tour the whole park you should plan at least 3 hours.
Yaiza, at the foot of the fire mountains is one of the most beautiful locations on Lanzarote and it is also a very typical one. Here, you should visit the Jardínes de la Era, the church Los Remedios (built in the 18th century) and the village square.
Additionally, an excursion to the Canary Island “Fuerteventura” or one of the other islands could be an alternative option for your holiday on Lanzarote.